Reverse Logistics -The case of e-waste. Tage Skjøtt-Larsen Department of Operations Management Copenhagen Business School Fremtidens hållbara transport- och logistiksystem i Öresundsregionen Malmö – 1. April 2008. Agenda. Why do we care? E-waste – a ticking bomb
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Department of Operations Management
Copenhagen Business School
Fremtidens hållbara transport- och
logistiksystem i Öresundsregionen
Malmö – 1. April 2008
CRT Monitor - lead & barium
Flat screen displays - mercury
Printed circuit boards, cables, plastic casing - brominated flame retardants, PVC for insulation
Cadmium in rechargeable batteries
What Is in a Computer?
Every year, hundreds of thousands of outdated TVs, computers and mobile phones are dumped in landfills or burned in smelters. Thousands more are exported, often illegally, from the Europe, US, Japan and other industrialised countries, to Asia and Africa. There, workers at scrap yards, some of whom are children, are exposed to a cocktail of toxic chemicals and poisons.
Xerox has saved millions over the years by remanufacturing both copy machines and toner cartridges. Xerox supports its remanufacturing efforts with its leasing sales arrangements. Instead of selling the product outright, Xerox will maintain the machine, so the customer does not have to replace it as needed.Reclaimed copiers are inspected and go right back onto the new-build assembly line. The only reason Xerox wouldn't remanufacture a product is if the technology was simply too old to be useful anymore.
Non-specific product waste stream
Specific product waste stream